rattan_lal“Improving soil quality through soil C sequestration is a win-win strategy for both adaptive and mitigative options…it appears that some and maybe many of the adverse impacts of projected climate change on food security can be kept in check by enhancing the quality and quantity of the SOC [soil organic carbon.]”

Dr. Rattan Lal

Director of the Carbon Managment and Sequestration Center,
Ohio State University

The International Biochar Initiative

University Research

Bingen College, University of Applied Science

Consortium for Agricultural Soils Mitigation of Greenhouse Gases

Cornell University, Soil Science Department

Delaware State University, Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Fleming College, Center for Alternative Wastewater Treatment

Iowa State University, Bioeconomy Institute

Lancaster University, Lancaster Environment Centre

Ohio State University, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center

Osaka Institute of Technology

Massey University, New Zealand Biochar Research Center

Rice University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University

The University of Adelaide

The University of Bayreath, Institute of Soil Science and Soil Geography

The University of Colorado, Center for Energy and Environmental Security

The University of East Anglia, Low Carbon Innovation Centre

The University of Edinburgh, UK Biochar Research Centre

The University of Florida

The University of Georgia, Biorefining and Carbon Cycling Program

The University of Hawaii at Manoa, Hawaii Natural Energy Institute

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center

The University of New South Wales, School of Science and Engineering

The University of Udine

The University of Western Australia

Virginia Tech University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences


Aqueous Solutions

The Biochar Fund

Biochar Ontario

The Biochar Website

Canadian Biochar Initiative

Central Illinois Biochar Group

Flux Farm Scientific Research

The Haiti Biochar Project

Hawaii Biochar Group

Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development

Italian Biochar Association

Japan Biochar Association

New Zealand Biochar Network

Northeast Carbon Negative Network

Pacific North West Biochar

Pro-Natura International

REAP Canada

Rocky Mountain Biochar Initiative

The Rodale Institute

Seattle Biochar Working Group

Suba Biochar Farm Project

The Terra Preta Listserve

UK Biochar Research Center (UKBRC)

US Biochar Initiative

We Can Solve It

Governmental-International Research

Appropriate Rural Technology Institute

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)

Embrapa Amazonia

The International Rice Research Institute

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS)

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)

USDA Soil Tilth Laboratory

US Clean Air Task Force


Adam + Partner, Garmish, Germany

Advanced Biorefinery Inc. Canada

Agri-therm, Ltd. Canada

Airless-Systems, UK

Alterna Energy, Inc., Prince George, BC, Canada

Anthroterra, New South Wales, Australia

Appropriate Rural Technology Institute , Pune, India

Australian Biochar, Australia

Best Pyrolysis, Inc. US, Australia

Biocarbo, Brazil

Biochar Brokers, Colorado, US

Biochar Engineering Corporation, Colorado, US

Biochar Products, Halfway, OR, US

Biochar Systems, Berwyn, PA, US

Bioenergy LLC, St Petersburg, Russia

Biomass Energy & Carbon, Colorado, US

BioRich, Missouri, US

Bioware, Brazil

BiGchar, Queensland, AU

Blue-Leaf, Drummondville, Quebec, CA, Nebraska, US

CarbonChar New Jersey, US

Carbon Diversion Technologies Hawaii, US

Carbon Gold, London, UK

Chip Energy Illinois, US

Cleanfuels Netherlands

Coaltec Energies Caterville, Illinois, US

Control Labratories Watsonville, California, US

Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation
, Vancouver, Canada

Ecovolve New York, New York, US

ENVIPOWER AS, Lyngby, Denmark

EPRIDA, Georgia, US

Ensyn Corporation, Ottawa, Canada

Four Seasons Fuels, West Sussex, UK

Genesis Industries, California, US

HydroCarb, Germany

International K&K Enterprise Korea

JF Bioenergy British Columbia, Canada

Lambiotte & Cie, S.A., Belgium

Mantria Industries/EternaGreen™ Waste Conversion, Pennsylvania, US

Newearth Renewable Energy, Inc., US

Outback Biochar, New South Wales, Australia

Pronatura, France, Brazil

R&A Energy Solutions, Ohio, US

re:char, New York, NY, US

Renewable Oil Corporation Pty Ltd

Renewable Oil International, LLC, Alabama, US

Servals Automation Group, Chennay, India

Terra Humana Clean Technology Ltd., Hungary

Tesaki, Japan

Topell, Netherlands

VenEarth, San Fransisco, US

WorldStove, Italy

Wyssmont, US

Companies Selling Biochar or Natural Charcoal

“CharGrow” from CarbonChar
Requires a minimum of four pallets with each containing 40 50-pound bags (not exactly feasible for anyone except the large land owner.) Based out of New Jersey, US.

“Agri-Char” from BEST Energies
One of the most well established slow pyrolysis companies.  Website contains no specific information regarding purchasing of biochar, but may be able to purchase by directly contacting.  Based out of Madison, Wisconsin, US and with a test facility in Somersby, Australia.

“Biochar Plus” from the Biochar Engineering Company
$10US for 10 kg bag of biochar plus . Based out of Golden, Colorado, US.

“Fine Horticulture Charcoal” from Quarter Acres Orchards
“Gallon Bag” (sic) for $6.50 US; I am not knowledgeable whether “carbon negative” pyrolysis is being used to make this charcoal.  Based out of Kensington, Maryland.

“Horticultural Charcoal” from Black Gold
2 quart bags (sic) available.  Sourced from “Western, United States.”

Alibaba Product Search for “Agricultural Charcoal”
Many companies listed from around the world. The sustainability of the companies listed on this site is unknown as are charcoal production methods.

“Hardlump Charcoal” by Cowboy Charcoal Company
A natural hardwood charcoal marketed for barbecuing which can be used as a soil amendment.  Claim to have “state-of-the art environmentally compatible wood retort plant.” Charcoal produced in Albany, Kentucky.

“Granular Horticulture Charcoal” by Lazarri
Sell several different sizes of charcoal (lump, granular, and powder) from hardwood feedstock coming in 20, 40 and 50 lbs. bags.  Environmental quality standards unknown; charcoal produced in Mexico.  Based out of Brisbane, California.

“CQuest Biochar” from Dynamotive
Produced in a fast-pyrolysis process with “EcoLogo” Certification; appears to be marketed more as a fuel than a soil amendment; unknown feedstock material; possibly high volatile matter (VM) content.  Based out of West Lorne, Ontario, CA.

Various Wood Type Charcoals from Real Montana Charcoal
Sell a wide variety of charcoal from different wood types (apple, maple, plum, oak, etc.); uncertain about sustainability of charring process.  Approximately $1/pound for most types. Based out of Florence, Montana, US.

Outback Biochar
25 Litre bags for $17 plus shipping and handling.  Based out of New South Wales, Australia.


Greenfiniti Quebec, Canada

Moneda Resources Limited Canada

Biochar Community

If you would like to be added, removed, had your email address listed please contact me at ry(dot)hottle(at)gmail(dot)com.

Jason Aramburu (Founder of Re:Char website, Brooklyn, NY, USA) Email: jaramburu(at)gmail(dot)com

Dr. Jim Amonette (Pacific Northwest Laboratory, Richland, WA 99352, USA ) Email: jim(dot)amonette(at)pnl(dot)gov

Ellen Baum (Clean Air Task Force, Boston, MA, USA)

Gerhard Bechtold (International Consultant Information System Specialist, Germany)

Franco Berruti (R&D at AgriTherm, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, University of Western Ontario, CA) Email: Berruti(at)eng(dot)uwo(dot)ca Phone: 591-661-3532

Dr. Paul Blackwell (Department of Agriculture and Food, Geraldton, WA 6530, Australia) Email: PBlackwell(at)agric(dot)wa(dot)gov(dot)au

Dr. Akwasi A. Botang (USDA Chemical Engineer working on Fast Pyrolysis, Wyndmore, PA, USA)

Gordon Brest, PE (Operations Director of BioRich LLC., Missouri, USA) Email: gordon(at)biorich(dot)net

Dr. Steven Brick (Executive Director of International Biochar Initiative [IBI]) Email: sbrick5714(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Dr. Tony Bridgewater (Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioenergy Research Group [BERG], Aston University, Birmingham, UK) Email: A.V.Bridgwater(at)aston(dot)ac(dot)uk Phone: 0121 2043381

Dr. Robert Brown (Leading pyrolysis researcher and Director of Bioeconomy Institute at Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, USA) Email: rcbrown(at)iastate(dot)edu

Lopa Brunjes (Executive Vice President, Biochar Engineering Corporation, San Francisco Office) Email: lopa(at)biocharengineering(dot)com Phone: (415) 920-9151

Peter Burgess (Rainbow Bee-Eater Company, Australia)

Dr. Yin Chan (New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Richmond, NSW 2753, Australia) Email: yin.chan(at)dpi(dot)nsw(dot)gov(dot)au

Dr. Nicholas Comerford (Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida)

Dr. Christian Davies (Environmental Biotechnologist, Shell Oil Company)

Dr. K. C. Das (Leading pyrolysis researcher and Director of the Biorefining Center at the University of Georgia)

Thomas DeLuca (The Wilderness Society, Bozeman, MT 59715, USA) Email: tom_deluca(at)tws(dot)org

Dr. William Denevan (Department of Geography, University of Wisconsin, US)

Ben Discoe (Hawaii Biochar Group, Biochar Researcher, Farmer and  Agricultural Consultant; Honokaa, Hawaii) Email: ben(at)vterrain(dot)org

Adriana Downie (BEST Energies, Somersby, NSW 2250, Australia) Email: adriana@bestenergies(dot)com(dot)au

Robert Flanagan (Developer of the Flanagan Biochar Stove)

Dr. Tim Flannery (Proponent on biochar, Carbonscape, Author of “The Weather Makers”)

Dr. Newton Falcao (National Institute for Amazonian Research, Department of Agronomy, Soil Science and Plant Nutrition)

John Flotvik (JF Bioenergy)

Joshua Frye (Owner of Frye Poultry in Hardy County West Virginia; Owner/Operator of Coaltec Gasification unit optimized for biochar production) Phone: 304-874-4099 Email: fryepoultry(at)frontiernet(dot)net

Dr. John Gaunt (GY Associates Ltd, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5 2DF, UK) Email:john_gaunt(at)gya(dot)co(dot)uk

Dr. Bruno Glaser (Leading Terra Preta researcher at the Institute of Soil Science and Soil Geography, University of Bayreuth, Germany)

Mark Glover (Eco Waste Pty Ltd, Randwick, NSW 2031, Australia) Email: mark(at)ecowaste(dot)com(dot)au

Jock Gill (Biochar NE, Pellet Futures, Medford, MA, USA) Email: jg45(at)me(dot)com

Gerry Gillespie (Chair, Zero Waste Australia)

Dr. Georg Guggenberger (Martin Luther University, Germany)

Dr. Mingxin Guo (Conducting biochar plant growth trials at Delaware State University)

Dr. James Hansen (Director of the Goddard Institute of Space Studies and leading voice for solutions to climate change–now promoting 350ppm as upper safe limit)

Dr. Stephan Haefele (International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Los Banos The Phillippines)

Dr. Richard Haard (Conducting extensive trials at Fourth Corner Nusery, Bellingham, Washington, USA)

Dr. Ludwig Haumaier (Institute of Soil Science and Soil Geography, University of Bayreuth, Germany)

Dr. Michael Hayes (University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland)

Dr. Michael Heckenberger (Department of Anthropology, University of Florida)

Lloyd Helferty, PE (Co-Founder of Biochar-Ontario and Board Member of Canadian Biochar Initiative, Engineering Technologist, Product Development Specialist, Ontario, Canada) Email: lhelferty(at) Phone: (905) 707-8754 Website:

Bill Holmberg (ACORE, Washington DC, USA)

Barry Husk (President, BlueLeaf Inc., Quebec, Canada)
819-472-9525 Email: bhusk(at)blue-leaf(dot)ca

Dave Jacke (Leading Permaculture Educator on Sustainable Forestry, Author of “Edible Forest Gardens”)

Dr. Stephen Joseph (University of New South Wales, Sydney NSW 2251, Australia) Phone: 61- 2-4340 4911 Email: joey.stephen(at)gmail(dot)com

Dr. Victoria Kamsler (Chief Ethics Officer and Research Director, Greenfiniti, Toronto, Canada) Email: vkamsler(at)greenfiniti(dot)com

Dr. Dirse Klara Kern (Ecology Department at the Museu Paraense Emilio Goeldi, Brazil)

Dr. Tim-Rasmus Kiehl, M.D. (Co-Founder and Executive Board Member of Biochar Ontario) Email: trkiehl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Dr. John Kimble (Soil Carbon Expert, Consultant; Retired USDA-ARS,Nebraska, USA) Email: soilcarbon(at)aol(dot)com

Dr. Evelyn Krull (CSIRO Land and Water, Glen Osmond, SA 5064, Australia) Email: evelyn(dot)krull(at)

Dr. David Laird (Leading biochar researcher, National Soil Tilth Laboratory, USDA-ARS, USA)

Dr. Rattan Lal (Director of the Carbon Managment and Sequestration Center at the Ohio State University, OH, USA)

Ronald Larson, PhD. Coordinator of the Internet Yahoo list “Biochar-policy”.  303-526-9629; rongretlarson(at)comcast(dot)net

Dr. Johannes Lehmann (Leading biochar researcher, Soil Science Department at Cornell Univeristy, Chair of IBI, Editor of “Amazonian Dark Earths” and “Biochar for Environmental Management”, Ithaca, NY, USA) Phone: 607-254-1236, Email:CL273(at)cornell(dot)edu

Dr. Tim Lenton (Research of various geoengineering options to mitigate climate change, Professor within the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Angola, Norwhich, United Kingdom) Email: t(dot)lenton(at)uea(dot)ac(dot)uk Phone: 01603-591414 (+44 1603 591414) Website:

Dr. Julie Major (Extension Director of the International Biochar Initiative, Department of Crop and Soil Science at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, US) Email: jm322(at)cornell(dot)edu Phone: 514-674-1853

Dr. David Manning (The University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK) Email:David.Manning(at)newcastle(dot)ac(dot)uk

Dr. Joseph McCann (Department of Geography, Southern Illinois University, Illinois, US)

Dr. Bruce McCarl (Texas A&M, College Station, TX 77843, USA) Email: mccarl(at)tamu(dot)edu

Dr. David Manning (The University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)

Mike Mason (Biojoule, Oxford, UK)

Dr. John Mathews (Macquarie University)

Dr. Hugh McLaughlin, PE (Director of Biocarbon Research, Alterna Energy Inc., Prince George, British Columbia, Canada) Email: wastemin(at)charter(dot)net

Tom Miles (Gasification and Terra Preta Listserve Moderator)

Dr. Kristine A. Nichols (USDA Agriculture Research Service Research Biologist who has done pioneering research on glomalin production by abuscular mycorrhizal fungi with Dr. Sarah Wright.)  Phone: (701) 667-3054 Email: kristine.nichols(at) Website:

John Nilsson (Soil Scientist at CarbonChar Group LLC) Email: jon.ecc2(at)gmail(dot)com Phone: (828) 254-7418 Website:

Etelvino Novotny (EMBRAPA-Soils, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Peter Ongele (Suba Biochar Farm Project, Suba, Kenya) Email: peterongele(at)yahoo(dot)com Phone: (2547) 1225-2298 Website:

Dr. Ad von Oostrum (International Soil Reference and Information Center, Netherlands)

Dr. Augusto Oyuela-Caycedo (Department of Anthropology, University of Kentucky, US)

Desmond Radlein (Dynamotive Energy Systems Corporation, Waterloo, ON Canada)

Dr. Peter Read (Professor at Massey University, IBI Advisory Committee, Palmerston North, New Zealand) Email: p(dot)read(at)massey(dot)ac(dot)nz

Debbie Reed (IBI Executive Director, Arlington,VA, USA)

Dr. Marco Rodon (Conducting research on the feasibility of biochar as a CDM within the Kyoto framework, Senior Research Specialist, International Development Research Center) Phone: (613) 236-6163 ext. 2371 Fax: (613) 563-0815 Email: mrondon(at)idrc(dot)ca

Dr. Michael Schmidt (University of Zürich, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland) Email: michael(dot)schmidt(at)geo(dot)unizh(dot)ch

Dr. Ron Smernik (The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia)  Email: ronald.smernik(at)adelaide(dot)edu(dot)au

Dr. Nigel Smith (Department of Geography, University of Florida, US)

Dr. Christoph Steiner (Biorefining Program at University of Georgia, Author of “Slash-and-Char”)

Dr. Per Stromhaug (Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology at University of Missouri, Research and Development Director of BioRich LLC., Missouri, USA) Phone: Email: per(at)biorich(dot)net

Dr. Janice Thies (Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA) email: jet25(at)cornell(dot)edu

Dr. David Tilman (Researcher of Low-Impact-High-Diversity biomass to energy, McKnight Presidential Chair in Ecology at the University of Minnesota, USA)

Eric Twombly (Biochar Products) Email: eric (at) biocharproducts (dot) com

Bernard Vanlauwe (Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of CIAT, Nairobi, Kenya)

Secretary Tom Vilsack (U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C.) Phone: (202) 720-3631 Email: AgSec(at)usda(dot)gov

Robert Volpe (Carbon Brokers International, Boulder, Colorado USA.) Phone: 303.351.1110 Email: rv(at)CarbonBrokersInternational(dot)com

Matthew Warnken ( Warnken ISE, Glebe, NSW 2037, Australia) Email: matthew(at)warnkenise(d0t)com(dot)au

Dr. William I. Woods (Department of Geography, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045, USA) Email: wwoods(at)ku(dot)edu

Cory Wendt (BEST Energies, Madison, WI, USA)

Kelpie Wilson (Author of several articles on biochar, Public Relations of the International Biochar Intiative, US)

Dr. Sarah Wright (USDA Agriculture Research Service Research Biologist who has done pioneering research on glomalin production by abuscular mycorrhizal fungi with Dr. Kristine Nichols.)  Phone: (301) 504-8156 ext. 335 Email: wrights(at)bs(dot)ars(d0t)usda(dot)gov Website:

David Yarrow (Sea-Agri, New York)

John Walker (President, Walker Renewable Energy, Toronto, Canada) Email: blueroad98(at)yahoo(dot)ca

Dr. Daniel Warnock (Conducting research on association between biochar applications and mycorrhizal fungi) Associate Professor at University of Illinois, Urbana, IL) Phone: (217) 244-9380 Email: dwarnock(at) Website:

Dr. Wolfgang Zech (Institute of Soil Science and Soil Geography, University of Bayreuth, Germany)

Dr. Lukas van Zwieten (New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Wollongbar, NSW 2477, Australia) Email: lukas(dot)van(dot)zwieten(at)dpi(dot)nsw(dot)gov(dot)au


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